We all know that the secret to beating the Patriots is to hit Tom Brady constantly throughout the game. When Rex first got here this was something we were able to do because we could blitz the crap out of him, put Revis on Moss and just cover everywhere else. But unfortunately for the Jets the Patriots shipped Moss to the Vikings for a 4th rd pick and that day the Offensive philosophy in NE was changed. Its more short passes letting receivers run after the catch, all things that beat Blitzing. We need someone that can line up every down and rush the passer as well as play the run. We can't have guys like Aaron Maybin going out there because Belichick is not too proud to win and take what you give him. What I mean by that is its 3rd and 8, The Pats have Hernandez, Gronk, Welker, Branch, and Woodhead in the huddle, so they must be throwing it so we send in our nickel package, Aaron Maybin comes in to play DE, Pouha and Devito are out of the game. Bart Scott has been standing on the sideline the whole game already anyway and now Eric Smith comes in to play LB, etc. Well now Brady gets to the Line sees the personnel and the front, checks to a run and now its first down. Now on that same note, they come out in the same personnel, we leave the base defense out there and Brady shreds us going no-Huddle and next thing we know the score is 45-3, or something like that. We need guys on this defense that play the run well and play the pass well regardless of position. One position that I think is the most important at this stage is OLB (some would argue Safety and I can't blame you for it). Mario Williams of the Houston Texans is a FA and I think he is someone we need to target.
Now someone mentioned him in another post recently and immediately dismissed him as too expensive, I beg to differ. Calvin Pace who after signed a 6 yr 42 million dollar contract and has never had more than 8 sacks in the his four seasons with the team is too expensive, Bart Scott who signed a 6 yr 48 million dollar deal and only plays 1st and 2nd down and doesn't play at all when we play the Pats twice a year is too expensive (Plus I don't know about anyone else but I'm excited to see what Josh Mauga could do as a starter) , Wayne Hunter and Eric Smith, neither of whom I care what their contracts are worth are too expensive, I hope you're beginning to get my point. A guy like this is not too expensive, not in a passing league, especially not in a division where we play arguably the best QB (EVER!!!!!), twice a year. I find it hard to believe that a pass rusher who has already proven himself in this league could be too expensive for Rex Ryan and Mikey T. Now theres the argument of the Franchise tag, but I read today that they already paid him 18 million last year and that the tag would pay him 22.9 million this year and that the Texans are possibly not willing to do that. Now yes I know nothing is guaranteed and no one knows for sure whether he'll get the tag or not but all I'm saying is that if he's available we need to make a valiant effort to sign him.
Now after looking at some of the recent contracts given to 3-4 OLB (Tamba Hali, Lamarr Woodley, and Terrell Suggs) I think a 5-6 yr deal worth between 58-66 million dollars would be fair for both sides. Again these are just my numbers that are based off previous contracts but we never know someone could come out and pay him a 7 yr 100 million dollar deal (*cough* Redskins *cough*). I think this would give us tremendous flexibility going into the draft because we could now get a WR, RT, or a S(hope not b/c that means we reached for Barron) in the first round and not feel like we're missing out on a pass rusher. We could even double dip and get a nice bookend like Upshaw or Mercilus. These are just my thoughts let me know what you guys think.